Pests in Food

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Pests in Food

The term "Pests found in food", also known as Stored Product Insects, covers a large number of insects. They can infest a variety of stored products in particular foodstuffs such as grains, cereals, dried fruit, nuts, seeds and even tobacco.

Stored grain insects are a health hazard in both private homes and businesses like food processing plants, warehouses, bakeries, stores, restaurants, mills, farms and silos. They can also cause enormous economic losses through damage and contamination of food products.

Any contamination caused by pests will make your food unfit for human consumption.

Identifying and removing the source of the infestation is a critical part of effectively controlling these pests.

Businesses like food processor or grain storage can greatly benefit from an ongoing professional pest management program to contain and eradicate infestations along with high standards of hygiene and sanitation, including stock rotation practices in accordance with any applicable regulations.

Call Rentokil on 0861 117 851 to talk to an expert about stored product insect control.

Rentokil’s Services for Stored Product Insects

In spite of their tiny size, these insects present a large threat to businesses and machinery. Potential harm includes the following:

  • Contamination of foodstuffs and goods; resulting in serious loss of valuable stock.
  • Damage to processing machinery due to the buildup of food product (caking) in machinery caused by the stored product insects
  • Grain warming; insect activity in infested grain can produce heat and moisture, which can facilitate the growth of mould and can affect germination
  • Non–compliance with legislation leading to damaged reputation, and loss of income.

At Rentokil, we have an expert team devoted to our food clients. Our team is made up of High Dependency Technicians, Field Biologists, QA Managers and Technical Managers.

Our accumulated knowledge of maintaining the levels of protection required by our clients' means that our skills, expertise and solutions are unmatched across South Africa and the world. 

We can resolve pest insect problems fast and with the minimum of fuss using pesticide-free  heat treatments and tailored fumigation solutions. 

Want to know if you have a problem? See how to identify the signs of pests in food.

Call us today on 0861 117 851 or contact us online to learn how our services could benefit your business.

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